All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

406

Ron Horton: It's A Gadget World...

By

Sign in to view read count
Preferring tonal clarity and precise lines, trumpeter Ron Horton eschews the extended manipulations frequently associated with contemporary improvisers. But the warm resonance of his sound and the fluidity of his improvisations ensure that he's never stodgy, as evidenced on this fourth CD as a leader. While the title plays with the notion of preoccupation with the latest electronic toys, the music illustrates the enduring pliability and vibrancy of a taut acoustic quartet.

Often minimal, the tunes have their own character and story, with ample space for improvisation. Ben Allison's syncopated, percussive bass opens the title track, mirrored by Antonio Zambrini's piano and punctuated by trumpet, the melody emerging from the rhythmic line. Horton's solo boasts quirky dynamic shifts and several clarion blasts, while the bassist plays off the groove with funky fills, aided by Tony Moreno's hi-hat. The austere coolness of Horton's flugelhorn colors the delicate piano and open movement of Zambrini's "Gaia," both players unfurling melodic improvs before entering a spirited dialogue that concludes the piece.

Horton adeptly uses subtle gestures for great impact. The slight quaver of his tone imparts emotional depth to the balladic "Waiting for That" while the alternation between fleet runs and single blasts builds the drama of his "Toeing the Line." It begins with pulsing bass and brushed drums, gathering momentum behind the leader with bluesy piano staggering over strutting bass. After the formal introduction of Zambrini's "Old West," a galloping groove springs under Horton's intervallic leaps and swirling lines, his concluding whinny invoking the titular theme. Andrew Hill's "Laverne" is jaunty, with bursts of note clusters forming the melody and provoking a sparring drums and trumpet exchange.

Blending poignancy and wit, Horton's music exudes a sincerity more irresistible than a new gadget.

Track Listing: It's a Gadget World; Gaia; Waiting for That; Shorter; 9x9; Toeing the Line; Old West; Chorale; Laverne.

Personnel: Ron Horton: trumpet, flugelhorn; Antonio Zambrini: piano; Ben Allison: double-bass; Tony Moreno: drums.

Title: It's A Gadget World... | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Abeat Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Bring It On

Bring It On

Ron Horton
Everything In A Dream

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
It's A Gadget World...

It's A Gadget World...

Abeat Records
2009

buy
Everything In A Dream

Everything In A Dream

Fresh Sound New Talent
2006

buy
Subtextures

Subtextures

Fresh Sound New Talent
2004

buy
Daniel Smith Daniel Smith
bassoon
Tom Tallitsch Tom Tallitsch
sax, tenor
Seamus Blake Seamus Blake
sax, tenor
Mark Colby Mark Colby
saxophone
Terry Plumeri Terry Plumeri
bass, acoustic
Chris Cheek Chris Cheek
saxophone
Loren Stillman Loren Stillman
sax, alto
Ron Kaplan Ron Kaplan
vocalist
Eric Bolvin Eric Bolvin
trumpet

Related Articles

Read Love + Time + Divination CD/LP/Track Review
Love + Time + Divination
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2018
Read Gleb Kolyadin CD/LP/Track Review
Gleb Kolyadin
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 22, 2018
Read NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil// CD/LP/Track Review
NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: February 22, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Geannine Reid
Published: February 22, 2018
Read SuperClusters CD/LP/Track Review
SuperClusters
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 21, 2018
Read Your Queen Is A Reptile CD/LP/Track Review
Your Queen Is A Reptile
by Chris May
Published: February 21, 2018
Read "Don't Blink" CD/LP/Track Review Don't Blink
by David A. Orthmann
Published: October 5, 2017
Read "Floating City" CD/LP/Track Review Floating City
by James Nadal
Published: March 9, 2017
Read "Spirits" CD/LP/Track Review Spirits
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Glow of Benares" CD/LP/Track Review Glow of Benares
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read "Instrumental" CD/LP/Track Review Instrumental
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "Whisper to the Wind" CD/LP/Track Review Whisper to the Wind
by Jim Olin
Published: September 8, 2017